The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Diego Rodriguez

From the ‘What?’ to the ‘How?' in the Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges, Opportunities And Lessons Learned

Recently the Baker Institute welcomed Diego Rodriguez, senior economist at the World Bank and team task leader for Thirsty Energy, to discuss those efforts with a focus on the existing challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in the implementation of a nexus approach for governments and the private sector.

During his presentation, Dr. Rodriguez discussed the reasons why combined water and energy management remains an important area for research and policy design. Many parts of the globe already experience significant water and energy shortages — more than 780 million people still lack access to potable water and more than 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. In light of these issues, the World Bank launched Thirsty Energy in January 2014, an initiative to address challenges presented by energy and water resource planning around the world. Over the last two years, the World Bank has worked to address the challenges of implementing planning and investment solutions in South Africa, China and Morocco.

The full presentation lasts approximately 54 minutes and is followed by 18 minutes of Q&A. You can find out more in the video above or by visiting